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The People's Champion; The World's Greatest. The man for whom and about whom one of the most motivational and inspirational songs of the generation was written. A three-time World Heavyweight Champion. A warrior against Parkinson's Disease. A boxing icon and a legend beyond measure. It's with a mixture of inspiration, hope, and somber reflection that the world bids farewell to Muhammed Ali who went to rest on June 4th, 2016, following a 32-year battle with Parkinson's disease. Of all the wisdom the world can take from the great Ali, here are but nine of the most inspirational combined with some of the many moments the legend spent in the Middle East throughout his life.
If anybody asks you who I am, stand up tall, look them in the face and say...
"Friendship... is not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything."
"I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion'.""I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale; handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail; only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalised a brick; I'm so mean I make medicine sick."
"I've made my share of mistakes along the way, but if I have changed even one life for the better, I haven't lived in vain."
"Cassius Clay is a name that white people gave to my slave master. Now that I am free, that I don't belong anymore to anyone, that I'm not a slave anymore, I gave back their white name, and I chose a beautiful African one"
"I'm the greatest thing that ever lived! I'm the king of the world! I'm a bad man. I'm the prettiest thing that ever lived." "It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe."
"Life is a gamble. You can get hurt, but people die in plane crashes, lose their arms and legs in car accidents; people die every day. Same with fighters: some die, some get hurt, some go on. You just don't let yourself believe it will happen to you." "I am an ordinary man who worked hard to develop the talent I was given. I believed in myself, and I believe in the goodness of others."